Mental Health Awareness Week, now in its 23rd year, ran from 15-21 May and is hosted by the charity, Mental Health Foundation. The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week was anxiety, a common feeling that can sometimes get out of control.
Partner organisations such as Samaritans Cymru, CAMHS, Community and Voluntary Support Conwy and Papyrus UK visited campuses across the college group to raise awareness of their work and provide support to students.
A Grŵp-wide rugby festival was also held at Treborth Playing Fields, where over 100 Independent Living Skills and Pre-vocational students came together to participate in a range of wellbeing activities and teamwork exercises.
‘The Bistro’ training cafe at Coleg Llandrillo hosted a Coffee & Cake event, where staff and students got to mingle and chat, with all profits going to Shelter Cymru - Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s partner charity of the year.
Coleg Llandrillo’s Rhos-on-Sea campus was also treated to a visit by ‘Therapy Dogs Nationwide’, where staff and students got to spend some time with three therapy dogs.
Phil Jones, Head of Learner Services and Marketing at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said,
“Grŵp Llandrillo Menai is proud to provide outstanding mental health and wellbeing support to its students and staff. We were recently recognised by NUS Wales once again for our commitment to student welfare and support”
“I encourage anybody who may be struggling with their mental health to reach out to a friend - or to come to speak to a member of our experienced Learner Services team”.
Aaron Beacher, Student Enrichment Officer at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, said,
“It’s vital that we raise awareness for mental health support across Grŵp Llandrillo Menai throughout the year and that we support both staff and students. We will continue working with our partner organisations to continue raising awareness, and we’re grateful to them for their support”.
“Should anyone have any suggestions on how we can continue raising awareness at Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, please come and speak to myself or your Student Union representative”
Alexa Charnley, Director of Fundraising and Communications at the Mental Health Foundation, said,
“This Mental Health Awareness Week we’re encouraging everyone to get involved by sharing their experiences of anxiety and the things that help with the hashtag #ToHelpMyAnxiety. We hope people all over the UK will take part and help us to normalise conversations about anxiety and mental health”.
“We hope the week helps people to feel more confident in talking about anxiety and how it affects them. Most importantly, we hope people understand more about what they can do to manage anxiety and what other support is available.”
To access Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Student Wellbeing Hub, please click here.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, please click here.